Statement from the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Regarding Systemic Racism
DECATUR, Ga. – June 29, 2020
The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce stands with our community in the fight to an end to all forms of systemic racism. We value diversity and support equity and justice in our community. We are committed to working with local, state, and federal business leaders and elected officials to engage in meaningful dialogue that identifies opportunities to eliminate systemic racism. Most importantly, we are committed to doing the necessary work and building partnerships to make real and lasting change.
Advocacy and public policy are major tenants of our work. We commend Governor Kemp and the Georgia General Assembly for the passage and signing of the landmark Hate Crimes Bill last week. Our Chamber joined hundreds of businesses across Georgia calling for its passage.
“The DeKalb Chamber denounces all forms of overt and covert racism and is committed to helping to root it out of our society. We applaud Governor Kemp and the Georgia General Assembly for passing hate crimes legislation but realize that as a community there is much more work to do. We look forward to working with our business community and other partners to do the necessary work.” says Kenny Coleman, DeKalb Chamber Interim President, and CEO.
It has been well documented that communities and businesses thrive when they are diverse and built on principles of equity and inclusion. This is the DeKalb we envision and will work to build.
We believe now is the time for us to unite and actively fight all forms of racism, injustice, and hate that exists in our society. The DeKalb Chamber is committed to being a catalyst for positive change in our community.
ABOUT DEKALB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization with the mission to support, promote, and sustain business development in DeKalb County. With 82 years of service in the community, DeKalb Chamber focuses on four critical areas including education, workforce, and economic development, public policy, and business member services. We are the primary resource for businesses in DeKalb County giving access to people, information, and opportunities. For more information on DeKalb Chamber, please visit their website at www.dekalbchamber.org or call 404-378-8000.